The value of a healthy year of life for an individual or a community, has innumerable dimensions, benefits including the ability to attend school, work, care for children, start a business, in summary, to work toward the aspirations of self-sufficiency and economic mobility all families and individuals share.
For immigrants, an invisible framework – basic knowledge and understanding of the American system, is missing, exacerbating barriers to cope with illnesses and finding appropriate health providers and resources for their needs. In Georgia, for 50% of all Hispanic families, the lack of proper documentation, adds one more layer of complexity to accessing health care and information and services not only to treat illnesses but to prevent those as well.
In Georgia, according to the US Census, there are 33,000 Hispanic-owned businesses, having the fastest growth rate of Latinas opening businesses and the fastest growth rate of the Latino population in the nation. Specifically, in Atlanta, we rank the 4th city in the country with the largest percentage of Hispanics who are foreign-born.
With the median age of Hispanics/Latinx in Metro Atlanta being 26, childhood poverty at 41% (Pew Hispanic Center) understanding the social determinations for health and wellbeing and their impact in the economic development of the state is critical for the development of appropriate and equitable policies, programs, services and planning in general.
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